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Do you grit the roads to schools?

Posted on 6 April 2017

We treat up to the main entrance of secondary schools. However, it is not practical to salt/grit approaches to every school. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure they are properly prepared for winter and we do not provide salt/grit bags. Schools can purchase bags of salt from various commercial organisations such as builders merchants […]

Do you use salt or grit or both?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Most authorities use pure salt to pre-treat the highway network to mitigate the formation of ice and snow, although traffic is needed to make it effective.In snow In snow conditions grit is often added to the salt to aid traction. Pure salt is the most effect pre-treatment, grit is often added once snow has started […]

How do you decide when to salt/grit?

Posted on 25 January 2017

The forecaster, Meteo Group,  issues a weather forecast, predicting road temperatures and when they are likely to reach freezing point. This forms the basis of the decision whether to salt/grit or not, what time to salt/grit and which parts of the route need to be treated.

Why don’t you salt/grit my road?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Devon County Council maintains nearly 13,000 km or 8,000 miles of roads in the county. During a winter emergency situation it is not practicable or cost effective for the whole network to be pre-treated or cleared immediately. The primary salting network is made up of the major routes where the majority of vehicle movements take […]

Do you salt/grit cycleways or footways?

Posted on 25 January 2017

Busy footways such as main shopping centres are treated on a reactive basis during periods of prolonged freezing (defined as snow or ice most of the day) within the resources available, once the primary salting network is clear.

How long does it take to salt/grit the roads?

Posted on 25 January 2017

The standard treatment time is 3hrs, although some routes are completed in a much shorter time. The gritter drivers are instructed to drive with due care and attention. The maximum speed when salting is 45 mph, conditions permitting.

Do you know where the gritters are and where they have been?

Posted on 25 January 2017

All of the gritters that are used for salting the network are fitted with GPS tracking devices so that we can see where they are at any time. The devices also record where and when the gritters passed along a route for record purposes.

Are you responsible for all roads in Devon?

Posted on 25 January 2017

No. Torbay Council and Plymouth City Council maintain the roads in their areas. The motorway and trunk roads (which includes the M5, A30, A303, A35 and A38) are maintained by Highways England. We are responsible for 13,000km or 8,000 miles of road in Devon.

How do I know if my road or route to work is gritted?

Posted on 25 January 2017

The roads on the primary salting network are shown on the attached map.

What happens in the event of a salt shortage/resource issue?

Posted on 25 January 2017

In the event of a salt shortage or other resource problem, a reduced salting network, referred to as the ‘resilience network’ (of just over 50% of the primary salting network) will be implemented to the following criteria: ‘A’ roads. Main access to 24-hour emergency premises. Main access to primary market and coastal towns.

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